38 Proven Steps you can Take Today to Boost your Site Traffic.

How Can You Boost your Site Traffic? Here are 38 proven ways to boost your blog and site visits!

This is the most popular question asked of our support team. PalTip’s support team, led by Jimmy Tallister often shares this resource with individuals. So we thought we’d share it broader. The original list is is adapted from Forbes magazine and written by Jason DeMers.

These traffic-driving tips are sure to spike readership and affiliate earnings. So choose your favorites and start today.

The big list:

  1. Focus on long-tail keywords – The days of focusing on a single keyword for each page are long gone. Make sure your posts include all the relevant terms and phrases related to your topic. For help with finding long-tail keywords, see my post How to Find LSI (Long Tail) Keywords Once You’ve Identified Your Primary Keywords.
  2. Start a forum on your website – An active forum can quickly begin ranking for long-tail keywords. They’re also great for decreasing your site’s bounce rate, increasing time-on-site, as well as building a community.
  3. Start a Facebook group that drives traffic to your site – Start a niche-specific group where members can ask questions and get support (and don’t forget to point them back to your site’s content where relevant).
  4. Submit your blog posts to StumbleUpon – It works!
  5. Promote your blog posts to your email list – This doesn’t have to be the main focus of all your emails, but including a link or two back to your blog posts can considerably increase traffic, leads, and sales.
  6. Answer a HARO query – Answering a pitch only take a few minutes, and can result in great PR, high-quality inbound links and referral traffic to your site.
  7. Work on your headlines – Your headlines are what will get people in the door, particularly when you share your blog posts via social media; make sure they pique interest and clearly articulate the benefit to your readers. For help with that, see “The Online Marketer’s Guide to Writing High-Converting Headlines.”
  8. Join a blogging community like ProBlogger or CopyBlogger  – This is a great way to network with other bloggers, and to cross-promote each other’s content.
  9. Include links to other relevant posts on your blog – When you write a post, always be sure to mention other posts your readers may find helpful; this is great for SEO as well as for increasing time-on-site, conversion rates, and referral traffic.
  10. Guest post on relevant blogs – There’s not much point guest blogging on a site in an unrelated niche; make sure you only contribute to highly-relevant, high-quality sites in your niche. See “The Ultimate, Step-by-Step Guide to Building Your Business by Guest Blogging.”
  11. Become a columnist or contributor on a well-known website – If you can become a guest contributor on an authority site like Huffington Post or Forbes, you not only drive targeted traffic to your site, but establish yourself as an expert in your field.
  12. Optimize your existing posts – Comb through your old posts to make sure they have unique and relevant title tags, URLS and meta descriptions.
  13. Demote irrelevant Google sitelinks – While Google sitelinks are automatically generated, you can demote URLS you don’t want to show; this may increase the chances that the URLS you do want listed show up. You can do this from within Google Webmaster Tools.
  14. Arrange an advertising swap – Trade banner ads with a complimentary site in your niche.
  15. Post more frequently – Neil Patel of QuickSprout found that by posting high-quality posts6x per week (as opposed to 5), blog traffic increased by 18.6%. Find your magic number and commit to seeing it through. Remember that in many cases, the traffic increases you see from blogging are scalable.
  16. Submit your posts to Reddit – Yes, this also still works.
  17. Mention influencers in your tweets – When you cite, quote or mention someone in a blog post, be sure to @ mention them in your tweet when you promote your post.
  18. Focus your energy on strategies that are working – You don’t have to do what everyone else is doing. Study your analytics to see your main traffic drivers, and focus on your energy on these areas.
  19. Build connections with others in your niche – I know this sounds cliché, but building personal relationships with other bloggers in your niche will often result in organic inbound links and referral traffic to your site.
  20. Make sure you have every relevant keyword you can think of on your site – I’m not talking old-school keyword spamming here. I’m talking about focusing on topical content; and making sure you at least have the chance of being found for all your relevant keywords, no matter how obscure they may be.
  21. Create a top 10 website post – Select the top 10 blogs in your niche, and write a post about them. You may also want to create a simple badge or banner those sites can embed to show off their award.
  22. Make the most of Facebook links – Be sure to include links back to your site in your About page, in your photo descriptions, in the comments of your posts (where relevant), and in your milestones.
  23. Get on YouTube – YouTube drives the most engaged traffic out of all social media sites, with an average of 2.99 pages per visit.
  24. Add text to your blog post images – Try including your post title and URL in your blog post images for optimal effect when pinned or shared.
  25. Become a member of industry Facebook and LinkedIn groups – Offer valuable advice and info to build relationships and drive traffic to your site.
  26. Connect with bloggers who are already sending you traffic – If someone has already linked to your site, they obviously like what you have to say. Contact them to see if there are other ways they could help promote your content (and vice versa).
  27. Ask a well-known blogger to guest post on your site – They’ll likely share the post with their audience, driving traffic to your site.
  28. Respond to blog comments – Respond thoughtfully to all comments on your blog. This is great for building relationships, as well as for driving commenters back to your site.
  29. Add your blog to Alltop – As an aggregate for all kinds of web content, submitting your blog increases your chances of getting found by people looking for content in your niche.
  30. Answer Questions – Visit sites like Yahoo Answers or Quora and answer questions relevant to your niche.
  31. Write a Response Post – Respond to a controversial post in your niche and then let the original poster know about it. Chances are good they won’t be able to resist responding to it on their blog.
  32. Contact influential bloggers – When you write a groundbreaking or newsworthy post, notify influencers in your field. You may be surprised at how many link back to your post.
  33. Make proper use of categories – If you haven’t already organized your content into relevant categories, now’s the time. Categories are great not only for SEO, but for helping your readers find relevant content.
  34. Write landmark posts  – Create at least a few long-form, authoritative posts that will organically garner links and attention over the long haul.
  35. Comment on industry blogs  – Become a regular commenter on a popular blog in your niche to help drive referral traffic and to establish relationships with other bloggers.
  36. Interview influencers in your niche – They will be very likely to promote the interview to their audience.
  37. Share your blog posts regularly on Facebook  – Post a short excerpt from your posts to entice them to click through.
  38. Share your posts on Triberr  – Meet other bloggers and share each other’s content.

Affiliate Marketing: Why it makes sense for you

Affiliate marketing can provide healthy income and independence. With affiliate marketing, people can create strong, steady secondary incomes for themselves. From their homes, in their off hours.
Creating your own wealth and income stream is even more important now. We no longerlive in a time where a salary is sufficient. Employers are pulled into to many directions to ensure the job security and earnings we need. 
Even if we are salaried employees, we are always looking for our next vacation. we are anticipating retirement and regaining control of our financial health. You can achieve that financial freedom now.
Affiliate marketing enables people to build their own businesses from the comfort of their homes, at the hours that are convenient for them. While its not guaranteed, with simple tools and little effort, you can build a business that captures your share of the trillions of dollars in business that happen over the internet.
You know the potential of online marketing. Its critical to take advantage of the earning potential of affiliate marketing. With affiliate marketing, you get rewarded by the biggest retailers by sending them sales. With affiliate marketing, you work as an independent, entrepreneur, driving business to the profitable channels for you.
You get to work with the brands and companies that you love and get paid for the business you drive them.
Affiliate marketing is a portable business that doesn’t require upfront cash or investments. There is no inventory to manage and no staff to hire. You build your business in your spare time and earn accordingly. Its independent, and its profitable.
Watch for more: Affiliate Marketing

PalTip makes it easy to start. We have thousands of affiliate partners for you to promote. And, you can take advantage of the already-negotiated relationships and start selling already. Our team has worked out the legal and financial structure for our members to plug in and take advantage of thousands of our retailer relationships.
So if you are looking to take control of your finances. Start with affiliate marketing and make it easy.
Start now and let PalTip show you how to build your second income.

What Goes Viral?

Recently we wrote a blog about how videos can make your blog rock. Everyone wants their video go viral but the question is why do videos go viral?

And here is another one, by Kevin Allocca, he is YouTube’s trends manager, and he gets paid for watching videos (nice job). In this talk from TEDYouth, he shares the 4 reasons a video goes viral.

Tips for Viral Videos

  • Have a group of readers and followers that will help you with the initial traction of the video
  • Make sure that it is emotional, funny, sad, educational, thought-provoking and hopefully all of those together.
  • Focus on the beginning of the video; your first 12 seconds are the most important part of your video. Ask yourself will why would someone want to continue watching this video?
  • Keep it short! Edit, edit and then edit again.
  • Curiosity – remember that word when you are creating your story board. Make sure at any given time in the viewer is thinking, what is going to happen next.
  • Make it engaging from the first second to its last second
  • Use the right background music – think of your favorite movies and close your eyes imagine the peak of the movie and I bet you will be able to remember the music – building up and then exploding, do the same in your video.
  • Tell your viewers what to do at the end of the video – share, like, embed, comment etc. (use annotations in YouTube)

What are your favorite viral videos? Why are they your favorite, what made them memorable and sharable?


Please accept our apology

We apologize. We are sorry. We have been so busy that we have missed doing the important things. As Covey says, we are busy doing urgent, not important!

We need to move to important….

Despite our busy business and family lives, we haven’t taken the time to celebrate milestones along the way. Moreover, we need to celebrate with the people who matter.

In our business life, we are tied to our users. We only succeed when you do.

So, while its just one of the many checks we send out, we thought we’d stop for a minute and celebrate. So let’s celebrate another $100+ payout to one of our PalTippers.

And its fun to celebrate together & it’s fun to know that we can Share and EARN.

Please take a time out and enjoy the steps along the way. $100 at a time!

Add a Little Spice to Your Blog

How many times have you looked at your blog and said ‘I need to make it more interesting?’ Maybe you even used the word ‘sexier’ or, as I like to say ‘spice it up.’ Here are a few ideas that you can use to spice up your blog.

Blogrolls and ‘Favorite Blogs’ are out. Try an exciting name like Blogs That Rock or Blogs
That Stimulate my Brain.

Add a list of blogs that you love to read and that always have great content.

About Page

Write your About Page in first person. I know that you want to tell your audience about yourself but leave that ‘til the end of the post.  First tell them what your blog is about, then get into the details of who you are. Let them know what to expect from your blog, how often you write, and of course don’t forget a call to action. You do have a sign up (some sort of list-building form) on your blog, right? Don’t forget to add how they can contact you on your About Page too.


The whole world is talking about data; you can and should add it to your blog posts too! Find interesting statistics about your blog post topic and include the links to your sources. Add charts and slides from other blogs or media. It will show that you have done your homework.


Develop a language and style that is unique to your blog. Use words that will appeal to the reader’s senses. If you are talking about food – let them smell the food through your words; if you write about photography make sure they can picture exactly what you are seeing through your camera view.

Creative Commons

Take advantage of the insane amount of media available to use free in your blog posts. You can find images from Flickr, videos from YouTube and Vimeo, Slideshare for slideshows on almost any topic. Just don’t forget to include the right credits. Read the fine print.

How have you made your blog spicier? Share your ideas with us.


Content is King but Beauty is Queen!


When you are designing your blog, you must remember who your audience is. For example, if you are blogging about camping, would your audience want to see a pink and purple polka dot background? Probably not. You can also change the color of your fonts to work with the colors in the background and theme. Don’t make them too light or too flashy. Make the reader feel comfortable. Tip: Readability is more important than style!

Background / Theme

Using WordPress makes this process much easier. There are thousands of amazing themes available free or for a minimum charge. A good idea is to look at other blogs in your niche to see if there is a look and feel that is standard to the niche. Most themes are flexible enough that you can change the font and background colors and if you know a little HTML, you can tweak the CSS.
Here are some tips for choosing a theme:
• Choose a theme with a lighter color background.
• Choose a simple navigation structure (including header and sidebars)
• Choose a theme that is structured for your niche (i.e. photography, book reviews, real estate)


Today’s trend is to use interesting fonts. According to fonts.com, “Type is to text what voice is to speech. The fonts you choose have a dramatic impact on the tone and emotion of the message you are presenting.”
Mixing it up or using more than two or three fonts in a blog can either create a unique look or it can do the opposite and become overwhelming for the reader. Keep your fonts at 100% size for easy reading. Using fancy fonts for titles and headlines can help convey your brand message, but make sure they are readable. Make your font match your page. Remember to use ‘fun’ fonts if you’re talking about fun. It is a major font faux pas to use Comic Sans when you’re talking about something serious. Actually, it’s a major faux pas to use Comic Sans ever.


Use images! Uniformity makes your reader feel comfortable. Try to make all of your images the same size and placed in the same spot in your blogs. That is, you’ll want to center your pictures or put them on the left. I personally like them centered. If you are using a frame around your images, use the same frame each time, but make sure it doesn’t detract from the image itself.


Again, use them! Videos are great in blogs. You don’t have to and probably shouldn’t host the videos on your site. Embed them from one of the video sites such as YouTube or Vimeo. I suggest that you have the cleanest possible frame around the video, size it according to the width of your blog page, and try to avoid linking it to other videos. There is some debate as to whether videos should be on autoplay. Don’t do it. Imagine if you post heavy metal music and someone opens your site at work and their speakers are on! It’s not a good situation. It may get you more viewers, but some of your non-viewers may become non-readers, too.
These are a few easily executed tips to help you make your blog nicer and easier on your reader’s eyes. Do you have additional tips? Please share them with us.

Healthy Books – PalTip Review

The media constantly floods us with new trends in healthy eating. One day it is a new source of natural anti-oxidants and the next it’s how to live a sugar-free life. Once these trends get the attention of top celebrities, the talk show hosts join the bandwagon and preach the word of the day, and the average daytime viewer is overwhelmed with the hype and the over-abundance of information. With our fast-paced, busy lives, these new trends are not always easy to follow, let alone cook or shop for. Recently I found two books on healthy eating with mantras that every household can adopt in order to eat healthier.

Seamus Mullen’s Hero Food: How Cooking with Delicious Things Can Make Us Feel Better

Mullen, a well-known New York City Chef wrote this book after battling with rheumatoid arthritis. He believes that what you eat is how you feel. The book is divided into the 18 Hero foods such as olive oil, eggs, berries, good fish, and parsley. The recipes included have a touch of his signature Spanish cuisine and details how you can make wonderfully tasty food using healthy food products.

Simply Sugar and Gluten-Free: 180 Easy and Delicious Recipes You Can Make in 20 Minutes or Less

Inviting guests for meals is becoming more and more demanding for the host/ess. As more and more people are cutting out gluten and sugars, this book is great to have on hand to create beautiful, delicious dishes and desserts that guests and family on restrictive diets can enjoy. Amy Green, the author of the site http://simplysugarandglutenfree.com/ used over 130 tested recipes from the site in the book. The book also includes tips on how to set up a gluten-free kitchen and how to stock your pantry for a healthier lifestyle.

Which healthy books would you suggest to have in the kitchen ready for action?

Twitter Tips From Tweeps

Do you use Twitter to market your business or promote your blog? If you are not you should be. You might be a little intimidated at the start, but don’t be, just remember your goal and tweet towards it.

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Reasons to use Twitter


Twitter is a great way to find out what and how people are talking about your niche in real time. If you are using HootSuite or TweetDeck open up new columns and follow your niche keywords and hashtags. Make a private list of the top influencers in your niche and follow their conversations in another column.

Customer Service

Twitter is all about engagement, remember that. If someone tweets about your product whether positive or negative, answer them, fast.  Answer their question, solve their problem and thank them if they said something nice. Engage with them, oh yes that magic word again, engage.

Gathering a following

Give give give. This is the way to gather a twitter following. Saying that, I mean give from yourself not from your company.  If you are talking about your company more than you are talking about yourself that is a faux pas, however if you are talking more about yourself, or just general chit-chat inevitably will not help you build a community that has a common denominator, your niche. People will look at the quality and quantity of your tweets when deciding to follow you or not. Ask yourself the question, why should they follow me?

I sent out a tweet this morning asking my tweeps to share with me their #1 Twitter Tips

Twitter Tips From Tweeps

My tips for Tweeting are:

  1. Be helpful
  2. Be you
  3. Share awesome content
  4. Create Twitter lists (so much easier to follow feeds that way)
  5. Analyze your tweets. This is an article reviewing the different Twitter Analytic tools.

Bonus Tip

If you are new to twitter, you will probably be trying out various twitter and social media platforms and dashboards. Many of the systems allow you to auto DM (direct messages) when somebody follows you.  My advice, don’t use it. Reach out to them in public, join one of their conversations – once again that magic word, engage with them!

What is your #1 Twitter Tip?


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10 Tips For Writing Great Book Reviews

It doesn’t matter what your niche is, there will be a point in time that you will want to write a book review as a blog post. Mommy blogs review and recommend how to be great mom books and photography bloggers review and recommend the latest tools or software books that complement their craft. The question is how to write a great book review so that others will read and buy the book?

I am sure that you remember writing book reports at school, where you would give a basic summary of the book, without giving your opinion (unless some sneaky teacher actually asked for it).  A book review is similar, as you should follow the path of summarizing the contents but this time adding your own analysis and opinion of the book. Pros and cons are a nice added touch too.

So where do you start:

  1. Read the book!
  2. While you are reading make a few notes about the points that you want to discuss in your review.
  3. Similar to any blog post, tell a story.
  4. Add the Bibliographic information at the beginning of the review, the title, author, publishing date and by whom.
  5. Research the author. What qualifications does the author have to write the book? What other books has the author written?
  6. Summarize the content subject of the book – for example if it is about photography, is it for beginners to advanced photographers, does it cover more than one topic?
  7. Next is a chance to add your credibility in your niche. What do you like or dislike about the book, the style? Add your opinion of the book; you want people to read the book, so persuade them.
  8. Add a few quotes from the book that emphasize your points.
  9. Include a cover image of the book, and of course a direct link to where they can purchase the book.
  10. When finished writing, revise, edit and condense.

One of the challenges of writing a book review is to give the reader a taste of the book without giving too much of the book away. Have you accomplished that? Will the reader of your review want to click on the button and buy the book?

What book reviews have you published? Share your links with us.





Tips For Creating Buying Power Product Review Videos

If your site/blog is all about product reviews, then you know that you should be investing your time in making videos. There is nothing better than watching a product in action.

You don’t own a professional film studio or have the budget to rent one? That is ok. There are ways to produce great quality videos without spending thousands on filming and editing. However, keep in mind that if you are going to do this yourself, you are going to have to invest in some software and probably a good clip on microphone.

Storyboard Your Video

Sketch out a simple storyboard of your video before you film. I like to use PowerPoint to do this. Have your selling points clearly defined.

Don’t waste time and telling your viewer about you, introduce yourself and get to the product. Please, don’t read a script. If you have used the product and now it well enough to review it, then it should come out natural. Just imagine your best friend is in the room and you are demoing it for them.

Create a branded intro and outro for all of your videos (keep them short) and always include a call to action at the end.

Make It Short And Sweet

How long would you want to watch a video for? Not long.  The best length for product review videos is between 1.50-2.00 minutes. Don’t go longer than that.  Choose the best features of the product and give your viewers unique insight on those features. Your credibility is a selling point; remember to always include a “con” as in the opposite of a “pro”, no product is 100% perfect

Quiet On Set

Background noises kill a great video. Make sure the AC and other appliances are turned off while recording oh and time it so the local train isn’t pulling their horn while you are filming your descriptive.

Manicure (for the guys too)

You never want to see narwly hands and nails. If your hands are going to be in the frame – then get a mani – women go for a French manicure and men, have your cuticles cut and nails filed. Jewelry should be kept to a minimum too, unless you are pitching engagement rings!


Editing is an art-form, however if you have your format down pat and you follow your storyboard you can do it.

  • Still shots – keep them to no longer than 3 seconds
  • Don’t overdose on fancy crossovers or fade-ins, keep it simple and clean.
  • Shaky hands – use a tripod. If you are filming a demo on the table or at a lower height I suggest using a Gorillapod.


There are many video editing softwares available today. The average product reviewer should choose something that has an intuitive user-friendly interface. Most of the software out there is available for demo or time limited downloads. Try them out first before purchasing. In addition the help and support is very important when choosing software. Check online to see if there is crowd sourced “help” forums to go to when questions arise and they will.

I use Sony Vegas, there might be better ones out there but I have used it for years and I know my way around.

Here are some other editing software that will also do the trick:

Send us a link to your favorite video product review that you produced, we would love to see it.  How do you make your videos?